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Phillip Morgan, Teri Lemons, Brian Etheridge Photo credit: Whitney Bailey Photography

Each year, LNC presents the L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award to an LNC alum who has made a significant improvement in the quality of life, economic well-being, and sense of community in our state. This award was created in honor of the late Greensboro congressman who was instrumental in the early days of Leadership North Carolina.

During the LNC Class XXIII Graduation and Awards Ceremony at the North Carolina State Capitol on May 13, the L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award was presented to Teri Lemons of LNC Class XI. During the presentation, Phillip Morgan, a member of the LNC Board of Directors from LNC Class XX and of the LNC Awards Committee shared the following about Teri Lemons.

“Teri has been an active alumna of Leadership North Carolina, helping create the framework for the endowment campaign and laying the groundwork for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and The Duke Energy Foundation gifts. The Class Ambassador program was her brainchild and she assisted LNC staff with getting the program off the ground and incorporating it into the Alumni Campaign.  Teri has been passionate about engaging the Class Ambassadors and through Teri’s efforts, LNC will be convening a retreat for the Class Ambassadors in conjunction with the Orientation Session this October in Boone.”

Congratulations to Teri on her service to LNC and for being selected as the 2016 recipient of the L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award. For a roster of past recipients and to make a nomination for the 2017 L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award, click HERE.

Thanks to the generous support of our alumni, this year’s #30by30 effort ($30,000 in the 30 days before June 30) was a great success! Thank you!  You raised $35,285 in cash and pledges to support Leadership North Carolina’s mission of engaging and informing leaders.  These funds go directly to support our alumni outreach and programming for the year.

Alumni contributed through checks, online payments, and gifts of stock. We appreciate your passion for LNC’s work, and your support helps improve on your experience. The 55 members of LNC Class XXIII and our 988 alumni will benefit from your generosity. If you are interested in the variety of ways you can support LNC, please visit the How to Invest page of the LNC website.

Last Thursday LNC convened the 8th Annual LNC Forum, presented by Novant Health, at the CPCC Harris Conference Center in Charlotte. Attendees heard a morning keynote address entitled “Leadership in Healthcare” from Dr. Thomas Zweng, executive vice president and chief medical officer with Novant Health.  Throughout the rest of the day participants learned about emerging trends and topics critical to the state through a variety of breakout sessions.

In keeping with the LNC Forum’s theme of turning knowledge into action, Dr. Tony Zeiss of CPCC (LNC Class I) and Kenston Griffin of Dream Builders Communication, Inc. (LNC Class XIX) facilitated a discussion entitled “Leading by Doing: Strategies to Take Action.”  Brenda Berg of BEST NC (LNC Class XXII) shared the realities facing the education system in North Carolina, with practical steps on ways leaders can engage.  Renee Hutcheson, AIA of NCDENR, and Roger Leeson, AIA of LaBella Associates, discussed the factors impacting LEED design and energy efficiency in sustainable design.  Ben Kinney of Business North Carolina moderated a panel entitled “Emerging Energy Technologies and Opportunities,” with Zak Kuchar and Mike Rowand of Duke Energy partnering with Jay Nemeth of North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives to share timely information on that topic.

The five content areas of the LNC program (economic development, education, environment, government, and health and human services) were woven throughout all of the day’s presentations, offering an update on these topics for alumni and a taste of the core program for attendees new to Leadership North Carolina.

A special thanks to this year’s LNC Forum presenting sponsor, Novant Health, and the generous contributions from our LNC Forum sponsors, speakers, and members of the LNC Forum planning committee.

Save the date and make plans to join us in the Triangle for the 9th Annual LNC Forum scheduled for Friday, January 29, 2016.

Leadership North Carolina
Invites Alumni, Board Members, and Local Leaders and Officials to our
Orientation Session Reception
Hosted by Chancellor Sheri N. Everts

 Tuesday, October 7, 2014
5:30 – 7:00 pm 

Chancellor’s Residence – Appalachian House
551 Bodenheimer Drive, Boone 

RSVP to or (919) 803-5323 by
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Business Attire

From Blowing Rock Road/US 321/NC 105:  Take the third left onto Rivers Street to enter the main campus.  Take the third left on Bodenheimer Drive.  Follow Bodenheimer Drive up the steep hill.  Appalachian House will be on the left, and a traffic officer will direct you to the Greenwood lot adjacent to Appalachian House.

LNC and the annual program are sustained by three primary sources—tuition, corporate and foundation support, and contributions from alumni.  Support from alumni is an essential pillar of LNC’s annual budget.  The annual LNC Alumni Campaign will be launching shortly, so be on the lookout for information on how your support impacts LNC and how you can contribute to extend our impact and services to program participants and alumni.

LNC has a tremendous base of talent among our alumni—all 950+ of you!   Each year our alumni contribute their time, creativity, and expertise to strengthen and promote the LNC program.  If you would like to join this engaged group of alumni by serving on an LNC committee, please email us at

Opportunities are available on the Recruitment Committee (identifying and contacting prospective applicants to the LNC program), the Development Committee (fundraising and identifying prospective sponsors), and the Marketing Committee (press, publications, and awareness).


Duke Energy Economic Development Session Reception
North Carolina History Center
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
5:30 – 7:00 pm

GPS Friendly Address:
529 South Front Street, New Bern (see map below)
Free parking is available in the lot in front of the North Carolina History Center.

Don’t forget to bring nonperishable food items for donation to Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.  A list of requested items can be found here.

History Center Map


Each LNC program session includes a Tuesday evening reception open to all LNC alumni. This is a great opportunity to stay connected with your classmates; meet the current participants; engage with other LNC alumni, session presenters, community leaders, elected officials, and friends of LNC; and introduce prospective participants to the program.   Check the list of Class XXII Session reception locations to see when LNC will be near you.

Advance RSVPs are required.  If you have questions about a reception or would like to bring a prospective applicant as a guest, please contact Catherine King at

2014-2015 Reception Dates

October 7, 2014, 5:30-7:00 pm
LNC Class XXII Orientation Session Reception
Appalachian House – Boone

November 12, 2014, 5:30-7:00 pm
LNC Class XXII Government Session Reception
North Carolina Executive Mansion – Raleigh
**Reception will be held on a Wednesday in observance of Veteran’s Day

December 9, 2014, 5:00-6:30 pm
LNC Class XXII Duke Energy Economic Development Session Reception
The Foundation Performing Arts Center – Isothermal Community College – Spindale

February 3, 2015, 5:30-7:00 pm
LNC Class XXII Environment Session Reception
Charlotte City Club – Charlotte

March 3, 2015, 5:30-7:00 pm
LNC Class XXII BCBSNC Health and Human Services Session Reception
Murphy Football Center at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium – Greenville

April 7, 2015, 5:30-7:00 pm
LNC Class XXII Education Session Reception
Wanek Center, High Point High Point University – High Point

The LNC Guide program has been very popular in its inaugural year.  The members of Class XXI enjoyed the connections with their LNC alumni partners, and alumni have been enthusiastic about serving as mentors to new class members.

The Guide program pairs each incoming class member with an LNC alumna/us.  The alumni welcome their partners to LNC, share their perspectives on how to make the most of the LNC experience, and serve as mentors and sounding boards throughout the LNC program year.  Guides are asked to have at least one in-person meeting with their partners and encouraged to communicate more frequently.

Alumni who would like to serve as Guides for members of Class XXII may complete this form to be added to the Class XXII group.   Assignments will be made in August for the program year running October 2014 through May 2015.  Alumni who served as Guides for members of Class XXI are welcome to join the program for another year.

Sign up to be an LNC Guide!

Class XXI member Jeff Hwang of DMJ Wealth Advisors LLC delivered more than 1000 pounds of food to the Out of the Garden Project in Greensboro on behalf of LNC Class XXI.

The members of LNC Class XXI gathered in Raleigh in November to spend two and a half days focused on the topic of government in North Carolina.  This engaging and interactive session included a tour of the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women (NCCIW); a “Legislator for an Hour” exercise on the floor of the General Assembly; the “Budgetopolis” budgeting simulation; presentations from experts, elected officials, and community leaders; and an inspiring Leadership Profile talk by former Governor Jim Hunt.  It also offered participants a second opportunity to work in their small Action Groups and to share their ideas with the full class.

The December Education Session in Greensboro marked the halfway point for the Class XXI program year.  Highlights of the Education session included a visit to the International Civil Rights Museum; a tour of the Middle College at North Carolina A&T State University, followed by a lively discussion with Middle College students and their principal; and presentations from and discussions with experts, policy makers, and practitioners on topics along the education continuum from early childhood through higher education.

Through work in their Action Groups and as a full class, members of Class XXI are finding creative ways to make a difference.  The group collected more than 1,000 pounds of food for Greensboro’s Out of the Garden Project—and will include a food drive at each of their remaining program sessions.  They also donated more than $700 to support NCCIW’s Mothers and Their Children (MATCH) program, and several class members provided transportation to help children of NCCIW inmates spend time with their mothers over the holidays.

In preparation for the February Health and Human Services session, class members have been invited to take on the SNAP Challenge, eating on just $4.50 a day to simulate living on food budget comparable to what the SNAP program provides.  They will have a chance to share their experiences when they reconvene in February and relate them to the powerful “Making Ends Meet” exercise that forms the heart of that session.

The Opportunity

LNC is seeking a dynamic 25-hour per week part-time program assistant and office coordinator with a record of success in event planning and office management.  The program assistant and office coordinator will have a portfolio of responsibilities, with key areas of responsibility including:

Assisting the LNC president with office administration.  Responsibilities to include coordinating board communications; assisting with meeting preparation and tracking financial data; supporting fundraising and development efforts, including regular mailings and tracking responses.

Assisting the LNC program director with execution of monthly program sessions.  Responsibilities to include coordinating reception logistics, invitation lists, tracking RSVPs, and general event support; communication with participants and session presenters; and maintaining database of applicants and alumni.

Key Working Relationships

Reporting:  The program assistant and office coordinator will report to the president of LNC and assist the program director.

Team and Interactions:  While the program assistant and office coordinator will report directly to the president, collaboration with the program director is essential.  A team approach to interactions with current participants, board members, alumni volunteers, and co-workers is necessary to ensure a rewarding experience for constituents and a supportive and productive work environment.    

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will meet and exceed the minimum qualifications listed below:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Technology fluency including extensive knowledge of Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required
  • Swift competency in iContact, Salesforce, and WordPress software will be required if not brought to the job
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Personable/friendly demeanor
  • Detail oriented with the ability to work in a team environment while handling multiple projects and meeting deadlines
  • A self-starter who enjoys taking initiative


Compensation will be determined based on experience.

To Apply

The position is based in Raleigh, North Carolina.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, references, and résumé to by August 23, 2013.

About Leadership North Carolina

Since 1995, Leadership North Carolina (LNC) has provided cutting-edge programming to current and emerging leaders from across the state.  Every summer LNC selects a class of engaged citizens to learn about issues related to government, economic development, health and human services, education, and the environment.  Each class of approximately 50 leaders attends an orientation retreat and five two-day sessions during the LNC program year.  Sessions combine presentations, tours, experiential learning activities, and facilitated dialogue to educate participants about challenges and opportunities facing the state.  The LNC program supports the exploration of multiple perspectives in a safe and respectful environment.  LNC class members build their personal and professional networks as they work to turn knowledge into action and leverage resources for the benefit of the state and its people. 

LNC is a nonprofit corporation, organized pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, and is an equal opportunity employer.  The organization relies on corporate and individual sponsorship, participant tuition, grants, and donations to fulfill its mission.  LNC does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of it application procedures, activities, or operations.  These activities include, but are not limited to, evaluating participant applications, selection of class participants, volunteers, and vendors, and provision of services.  Each year, LNC strives to build a class that reflects the diversity of the state. Additionally, LNC is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all participants, alumni, staff, volunteers, and vendors. For more information about LNC, visit our website at

On May 17, the LNC Board of Directors will thank Shannon Moody (Class XVIII) of American Infrastructure, Tracy Sternberg (Class XVI) of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, and Jeff Zirker (Class XVI) of Cisco Systems for their service as members of the LNC Board of Directors.

Shannon, Tracy, and Jeff’s terms will end as of June 30.  Each of these committed alumni has contributed a great deal to the quality of the program and to our alumni outreach efforts.  Join us in thanking them for all they’ve done for LNC.  New members of the LNC Board of Directors will be elected during the May 17 meeting.

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The application period for LNC  Class XXI opened on May 6 and will last through June 30, 2013.  Interested applicants can access the online application through this link or by visiting and selecting “Apply” under the “LNC Program” tab.

Each year the prestigious LNC program selects a class of 50-60 current and emerging leaders from across the state through a competitive application process.  Participants learn about the challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina, with a focus on building networks and turning knowledge into action to benefit their communities and the state.

If you are interested in the program for Class XXI, which will convene in October, we hope you will complete the application.  If you have friends or colleagues who would be good candidates for the program, please share this announcement with them.

More information about Leadership North Carolina can be found here and here.  The program schedule for Class XXI and past session agendas can be found under Current Class Information on our website.  Please contact LNC’s program director Kelly Turner with any questions.

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Bill Shore was welcomed into an exclusive cohort of LNC alumni when he received the 2013 L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award during the LNC Forum on January 24 in Charlotte.  The L. Richardson Preyer Alumni Award was established in honor of the late Greensboro congressman who was instrumental in the early days of LNC.

The award is presented each year to a graduate of LNC whose leadership has made a significant improvement in the quality of life, economic well-being, and/or sense of community in our state.  Bill is an alumnus of LNC Class I, a former member of the LNC Board of Directors, and previously served as director of U.S. Community Partnerships with GlaxoSmithKline in Research Triangle Park.  Bill has served his community and state in many ways but most significantly in the areas of education and health, bringing these two sectors into partnership with business.

Over the years Bill has recruited many leaders from GlaxoSmithKline to participate in the LNC program.  In presenting the award to Bill, LNC Class XVII alumna Leslie Walden of Fidelity Investments stated, “Bill in a word is a connector. He puts leaders in contact with one another for the purpose of helping other organizations achieve greater success. He thrives on synergies and has helped connect LNC with other organizations to maximize opportunities.”

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The first Entrepreneurial and Innovation Round Table will be held at 3:30 p.m. on March 20, 2013, in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center at High Point University (HPU). Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU, will moderate the round table discussion about entrepreneurship in North Carolina. Major leaders from North Carolina will serve as panelists including: Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing; Robert Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers; Rachel Weeks, founder and CEO of School House, an American-made collegiate apparel manufacturer; and Bryan Young, CEO of BEC, an award-winning digital agency. Additional panelists will be announced as the event nears. *Note: A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for Leadership North Carolina alumni by contacting (336) 841-9209 or

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LNC is pleased to announce the launch of our new website.  The new look and features of the site support our mission and vision to connect leaders across North Carolina, providing them with knowledge and tools to take action for the benefit of the state.

Our Events tab includes information about upcoming receptions, Lunch and Learns, and Red Thread Project activities.  Our new program brochure can be found on the Program Overview page.  Prospective applicants can select the Apply page to request more information about the LNC program.  And friends and alumni can select Invest to learn about ways to support and strengthen LNC.

We will continue to expand the site with new functions and content, so please check back regularly.

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